This is part of my 18,000 Miles For Good series. I hope you’ll stay tuned for the rest of the posts:
- Getting Started On An 18,000 Mile 5-Day Journey
- Turkish Airlines Lounge At Washington Dulles
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines From IAD to CPH (Washington Dulles to Copenhagen)
- Touring UNICEF In Copenhagen: Getting Ready For Delivery
- Riding The Metro In Copenhagen: An Easy Way To Get To and From The Airport
- A Day In Copenhagen
- Getting The Right Medicine For A Trip To Africa
- Norwegian Premium From CPH to JIB (Copenhagen to Djibouti)
- Dropping Off Humanitarian Aide In Djibouti
- A Day In Djibouti
- Qatar Airways JIB-DOH-DFW
I’m partial to trains and subways when I travel. I don’t mind a taxi, much prefer a service like Uber. However, I prefer a train over both. I can see the network and stops, research the schedule ahead of time. And, trains don’t generally get stuck in traffic.
Copenhagen’s Metro system is a great example of this. There’s also a second train network in Copenhagen, though I haven’t spent any time on it. When I exited the departures hall, it was easy to follow the signage to the Metro station. It was only a couple hundred feet away.
There are automated ticket machines and agents to help you if you can’t figure things out. The ticket machines wouldn’t take my US-based chip and signature card. However, I was able to use my debit card and pin just fine. I really wish the banks that issue the credit cards in my wallet would issue pins to those of us that really want them.
It cost me 12 USD to buy a 24-hour pass for zones 1-4 in the city, which includes to and from the airport. Another short walk took me to the escalator that leads to the train platform.
There are check-in stands similar to Disney FastPass outside each station, as well as check-out stations (lit up in blue and red, respectively). I saw plenty of folks touching their cards to the check-out stations. Their cards looked like a plastic, more permanent version of what I had.
While there was an audible beep when they “checked in” my card made no noise. I figured I was fine since the time I purchased the ticket was printed on my card and just went on my way. I was never stopped and asked about my card though there were police officers at a couple of the stations.
Here’s a map of the Metro system I found. It doesn’t do a great job of overlaying the city but should give you a general idea.
The Metro line runs to downtown. I went downtown twice in my short 1-day stay in Copenhagen. The first time I wandered to the Central station (Kobenhavn) after figuring out the hard way that the donut shop I waned to check out was closed on Sundays. More on that later.
I noted that there was a train that ran from Kobenhavn to the airport. That explains the sign I saw in the terminal that said “Bus, train, metro”. It’s still a bit unclear to me how much of the “train” is covered by the metro ticket.
The Final Two Pennies
I had no problem navigating the Copenhagen Metro system. The trains were clean and not overly packed. The stations were all easy to navigate. Pricing was perfectly reasonable and certainly cheaper than a cab to get downtown. I would recommend it as an option for anyone traveling to Copenhagen.
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